Some people see me primarily for management of medication. New medications are constantly being developed and today there is an unprecedented number to choose from, many with fewer hazards and side-effects than their predecessors.
Many view psychiatrists as the “pill pushers” of the mental health system - perhaps with justification. You will find that I do not follow this pattern. Rarely do I consider medication “mandatory” and rarely will I tell you that there is no medication which could possibly help. The question of medication generally falls between these two extremes.
Once a BioPsychoSocial formulation has been established, I will likely describe which medications may help, and why. I will provide you with information about the pros and cons of specific medications, and answer any questions you have. At this point, your personal preferences will largely guide the decision.
I will offer opinions, based on my experience and knowledge, but decisions about medications will always be mutual.